Candidate statement for September 2017 ACHA Election
Beth A. Griech-Polelle, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (1999) studied under Dr. Omer Bartov. Her dissertation researched the role of then Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen in protesting against the Nazi “euthanasia” project. Her first book review was for the Catholic Historical Review in 1996 and since that time she has been an active member of the American Catholic Historical Association, presenting, chairing and moderating panels at the annual ACHA conferences as well as publishing book reviews in the Catholic Historical Review. Her research examines the role of prominent Roman Catholic Church clergy under the Nazi regime. She has published two books that deal directly with the role of the churches during the persecution and annihilation of the Jews and she has edited/co-edited two books which explore the legacy of the Holocaust and the impact of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Her latest book, Antisemitism and the Holocaust: Language, Rhetoric, Traditions of Hate appeared this spring 2017 with Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. She edited and contributed an article to a special edition of The Journal of Jesuit Studies for the 100th anniversary of the Communist Revolution (forthcoming, 2017). In addition to publications, she has been invited to be on the steering committee for the new National Leadership Forum at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. She has served as program committee co-chair for both the German Studies Association (2016) and for the American Society of Church Historians. As part of her responsibilities as the new Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies at Pacific Lutheran University she plans and hosts an annual conference for Holocaust and Genocide scholars. She hopes to combine her scholarly interests with her administrative skills in the service of the American Catholic Historical Association.